Every Victorian embellishment the mind can imagine is put into play in the exterior of the thoroughly contemporary Waternbach. Richly embellished covered porches sweep across most of the front of the home, while turrets and gables are treat for the eyes at every turn.
Inside, only the wicker room reflects the Victorian theme, but this room, too, has a modern twist. Even the grandest of Victorian mansions didn't boast a spa, not to mention an adjoining exercise room. Simulating the moist climate of the tropics, the wicker room provides a natural environment for heat-loving plants - and parrots as well.Unique to this home, the kitchen and the entryway have vaulted ceilings. Over the octagon-shaped eating nook the ceiling is even higher, stretching up into the window-lined turret overhead. With windows at ground level and another row above, the light in this room provides such an instant pick-me-up that its owners may be able to give up coffee. Food-preparation space is ample for multiple cooks, with range and oven located in the work island and additional counter space in three additional areas. A trash recycling center in the middle of everything makes recycling tasks easy.
Fire lovers can indulge their passion in three separate locations - fireplaces in the living room and master suite and the wood stove in the family room. Corner window seats in the living room and master suite invite you to curl up with a good book.
Another unusual area is in the master suite - a circular sitting room, partially encircled by a captain's walk balcony. Stairs from here lead up yet another level to an observatory. The master suite also has a walk-in closet and two lavatories, one inside the water closet and the other outside.
Two of the upstairs bedrooms feature wide balconies and the other has a step-in closet.
While the home is designed without an attached garage, it does have a workshop area that could be converted to a garage. A large attic space is accessed through a stairway next to the utility room.
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